Author: Directors of Tea Leaves Date Posted:1 May 2019
When planning out your daily schedule, caffeinated and herbal teas can help to punctuate the day anytime, and give you a much-needed lift or a quiet relaxation.
The recommendations below for black tea, matcha, and herbal tea don’t even begin to cover the vast array of tea varieties that would positively benefit anytime! of day.
In the morning, a cup of black tea can give you the gentle caffeine hit you need to get going while warming your stomach and soothing the palate. You can mix it up with different types of black tea, too, including spicy masala chai and cinnamon-and-clove infused black tea.
As with any tea, be sure to check the suggested brewing time and water temperature to ensure you’re getting the best taste and overall tea-drinking experience.
Aromatic and light, white tea is another popular choice for mornings. Since it’s minimally processed, white tea is very fresh and delicate in taste. It packs about as much caffeine as green tea.
Pu’erh is special because its leaves go through a fermentation process before being dried. This aids digestion and offers a deep taste with no astringency. Try pu’erh after lunch or whenever you’ve had a big meal.
In the mid-afternoon, give yourself a lift with the relaxed focus of a matcha latte or Sencha tea and enjoy the nourishing boost of minerals and antioxidants that are present in these oriental powerhouses.
Antioxidant-rich matcha provides a longer-lasting and steadier, jitter-free high than coffee does, making it very helpful when you’re feeling tired, unfocused, or simply in need of a natural superfood boost.
Matcha can be a bit of an acquired taste if you’re not used to it, but over time you’ll likely begin to crave the clean, earthy, rich taste it offers.
For a caffeine-free option, a fruity infusion with apple and berries can be just the thing you need to clear your mind and give you the inspiration to keep going.
While oolong tea still contains caffeine, it also has a relaxing effect, making it a good choice for early evening when you want to wind down. Take notice of how the caffeine in oolong affects you, though, before making it a staple of your evening routine.
An hour or so before bed, build in a calming bedtime tea ritual. Herbal teas are generally accepted to be effective, traditional sleep remedies.
The evening is a great time for herbal teas like peppermint, chamomile, nettle, rooibos, or hibiscus. The many health benefits of herbal teas, from aiding in relaxation and decongestion to soothing nausea or a sore throat, make it a nighttime ritual for many people around the world.